Here are some basic steps you can follow to ease anxiety and increase preparedness.
Discuss these ideas with your family. Then prepare an emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it -- on the refrigerator or bulletin board.
Emergency Checklist for Home
Create an Emergency Plan
- A place near your home in case of an emergency
- A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. For smaller items, store them in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or duffle bag.
- A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
- A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
- A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes.
- A first-aid kit and prescription medications.
- A battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries.
- A list of family physicians.
Additional items may include:
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- An extra pair of glasses
- Credit cards and cash
- An extra set of car keys
- A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers
- Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
- First-aid kit and manual
- Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.
- Tire repair kit and pump
Adapted from information found on www.fema.gov.